NG Dragons sign South Africa wing Tonderai Chavhanga

Tonderai Chavhanga
Tonderai Chavhanga scored six tries on his South Africa debut

Newport Gwent Dragons have completed the signing of speedy South African winger Tonderai Chavhanga

The 27-year-old, reputed to be among the fastest wingers in the world, has joined the Welsh Pro12 team from Super 15 side the Lions.

Zimbabwe-born Chavhanga, who has four caps, did not win selection for South Africa's World Cup defence and is now heading for Rodney Parade.

"It's a great signing for the Dragons," said head coach Darren Edwards.

"We wanted a player to further develop our counter-attacking and backfield play.

"We've made no secret that our style of rugby is attacking play and Tonderai's pace and counter-attacking ability really stands out.

"This signing will breathe even more excitement into our squad and our supporters.

"Tonderai's got a great deal to offer the region, not only immediately but also for the future.

"Despite his experience Tonderai's still only 27 and has a great deal of ambition for the game.

"He will also be using his experience to support and develop our young home-grown backs."

Welsh international Will Harries (knee) is a long-term injury absence and Aled Brew is a member of Wales' 2011 Rugby World Cup squad.

Chavhanga holds the record for most tries scored in a Springboks game, having crossed the line six times against Uruguay on his 2005 Test debut.

Edwards hopes his new player will be ready to face Ulster in the league at Rodney Parade on Friday, 30 September.

"After the weekend to settle in and check in with our conditioning team, it'll be straight into full training on Monday morning with the rest of the squad," said Edwards.

Chavangha is also looking forward to his new venture.

"I am very, very excited about going to the Dragons," said Chavhanga.

"It's something I've been looking to do for the last couple of years. I've played a few games in the Europe and although it's pretty cold, I'm looking forward to the change.

"I remember playing against the Dragons back in 2005. The Stormers played against them in Dubai and when Percy [Montgomery] was playing for the Dragons at the time."